Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lady Diana in her Wedding Gown and Veil, 1981

After stepping from the famous Glass Coach, Britain's royal Cinderella, Lady Diana, accompanied by her father, the eighth Earl of Spencer, gives the crowd their first full-length view of her secret taffeta wedding gown and veil.  July 29, 1981

Colorphoto: David Burnett

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The wedding dress of Lady Diana Spencer was worn by Lady Diana Spencer at her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral. Diana wore an ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown, with a 25-foot (7.62 m) train. It was considered one of the most closely guarded secrets in fashion history. The dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel with hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls.

The traditional Carrickmacross lace-making technique used on the wedding dress was later used on the wedding dress of Kate Middleton in her marriage to Prince William, Diana's eldest son.

Due to the length of the train, Diana's father found it difficult to fit inside the glass coach to accompany his daughter to the cathedral.

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